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Yarkand ladies' summer fashions. 1870s

The term costume can refer to wardrobe and dress in general, or to the distinctive style of dress of a particular people, class, or period. Costume may also refer to the artistic arrangement of accessories in a picture, statue, poem, or play, appropriate to the time, place, or other circumstances represented or described, or to a particular style of clothing worn to portray the wearer as a character or type of character other than their regular persona at a social event such as a masquerade, a fancy dress party or in an artistic theatrical performance. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (954x453, 120 KB)Taken from T. E. Gordons 1876 book, The Roof of the World, which is out of copyright. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (954x453, 120 KB)Taken from T. E. Gordons 1876 book, The Roof of the World, which is out of copyright. ... Look up Wardrobe in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres depicts the Comtesse dHaussonville, wearing a dress. ... For images in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Images. ... Poetry (ancient Greek: poieo = create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Clothing protects the vulnerable nude human body from the extremes of weather, other features of our environment, and for safety reasons. ... A masquerade ball (or masque) is an event which the participants attend in costume, usually including a mask. ... Logo of the current Fancy Dress Party The Fancy Dress Party was a political party in England. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Buskers perform in San Francisco A performance, in performing arts, generally comprises an event in which one group of people (the performer or performers) behave in a particular way for another group of people (the audience). ...

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Types of costumes

Costumes for the ballroom (about 1850)
Costumes for the ballroom (about 1850)

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Theatrical costumes

One of the more prominent places people see costumes is in theatre, film and TV. In combination with other aspects, theatrical costumes can serve to portray characters' age, gender role, profession, social class, personality, and even information about the historical period/era, geographic location and time of day, as well as the season or weather of the theatrical performance. Often stylized theatrical costumes can exaggerate some aspect of a character; for example Harlequin and Pantaloon in the Commedia dell'Arte. Without theatrical costumers, the audience would be left wondering who is related to whom, and which person is which. A bagpiper in Scottish military clan-uniform. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Social class refers to the hierarchical distinctions between individuals or groups in societies or cultures. ... “Arlecchino” redirects here. ... A type of pants worn by women, popularized in the early 1800s by their innovator, Mrs. ... Karel Dujardins set his closely-observed scene of a traveling troupes makeshift stage against idealized ruins in the Roman Campagna: dated 1657 (Louvre Museum) Commedia dellarte (Italian: play of professional artists also interpreted as comedy of humors), also known as Extemporal Comedy, was a popular form of improvisational...


National costume

National costume or regional costume expresses local (or exiled) identity and emphasises a culture's unique attributes. It is often a source of national pride. Examples of such are a Scotsman in a kilt or a Japanese person in a kimono. Faroese folk dance club with some members in national costumes National costume, also known as national dress, regional costume or folk dress, expresses an identity through costume which usually relates to a geographic area, but can also indicate social, marital and/or religious status. ... Exile (band) may refer to: Exile - The American country music band Exile - The Japanese pop music band Category: ... Identity is an umbrella term used throughout the social sciences for an individuals comprehension of him or herself as a discrete, separate entity. ... This article is about the country. ... Formal Highland regalia, kilt and Prince Charlie jacket for Black tie. ... A traditional wedding kimono The kimono literally something worn) is the national costume of Japan. ...

Costumes for the ballroom.
Costumes for the ballroom.

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Holidays and festivals

The wearing of costumes has become an important part of such holidays and festivals as Mardi Gras and Halloween, and (to a lesser extent) people may also wear costumes in conjunction with other holidays, such as Christmas and Easter. Mardi Gras costumes usually take the form of jesters and other fantasy characters, while Halloween costumes traditionally take the form of supernatural creatures such as ghosts, vampires, and angels. Christmas and Easter costumes typically portray mythical characters such as Santa Claus (by donning a santa suit and beard) or the Easter Bunny by putting on an animal costume. Costumes may serve to portray various other characters during secular holidays, such as an Uncle Sam costume worn on the Independence day for example. In the United States, a holiday is a day set aside by a nation or culture (in some cases, multiple nations and cultures) typically for celebration but sometimes for some other kind of special culture-wide (or national) observation or activity. ... A festival or fest is an event, usually staged by a local community, which centers on some theme, sometimes on some unique aspect of the community. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Halloween, or Halloween, is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children, who, in a tradition commonly known as trick-or-treating, dress in costumes and go door-to-door to collect sweets, fruit, and other gifts. ... For other uses, see Holiday (disambiguation). ... Christmas is an annual holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Easter, the Sunday of... “Joker” redirects here. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article is about the paranormal. ... Further reading Christopher Frayling - Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula 1992. ... The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear Jesus (El Greco, 1575) An angel is an ethereal being found in many religions, whose duties are to assist and serve God. ... A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ... This is what professional Santa Clauses call their clothing. ... “Bearded” redirects here. ... An Easter Bunny figurine The Easter Bunny is an example of folklore mythology. ... J. M. Flaggs 1917 , based on the original British Lord Kitchener poster of three years earlier, was used to recruit soldiers for both World War I and World War II. Flagg used a modified version of his own face for Uncle Sam, and veteran Walter Botts provided the pose. ... These fireworks over the Washington Monument are typical of Fourth of July celebrations In the United States, Independence Day, also called the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. ...


Children

Child in costume
Child in costume

Costumes also serve as an avenue for children to explore and roleplay. Children can dress up in various forms; for example characters from history or fiction like pirates, princesses or cowboys, common jobs like nurses or police officers, or animals such as those seen in zoos or farms. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 599 pixel, file size: 156 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 599 pixel, file size: 156 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ...


Mascots

Another very popular situation where costumes are employed are for sporting events, where people dressed as their team's representative mascot help the club or team rally round their team's cause. Animal costumes which are visually very similar to mascot costumes are also popular among the members of the furry fandom where they are referred to as fursuits. Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Some furry fans create and wear costumes of their characters, commonly known as fursuits Furry fandom is a fandom distinguished by its enjoyment of anthropomorphic, often humanoid, animal characters. ... A female fursuiter, Lucky Coyote, pretending to be the concierge for Anthrocon 2007 convention attendees. ...


Drawings of costumes from the past

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See also

Cosplayers Cosplay ), a portmanteau of the English words costume and roleplay, is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, tokusatsu, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, fantasy movies, or Japanese pop music bands. ... Gorilla Suits are full-bodied costumes loosely resembling gorillas or other large primates. ... Fashion illustration by George Barbier of a gown by Jeanne Paquin, 1912, from La Gazette du bon ton, the most influential fashion magazine of its era. ... Fashion design is the applied art dedicated to the design of clothing and lifestyle accessories created within the cultural and social influences of a specific time. ... A female fursuiter, Lucky Coyote, pretending to be the concierge for Anthrocon 2007 convention attendees. ... Assorted lingerie styles. ...

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The Egyptian costume evolved into a highly decorative mode of dress characterized by the use of fluted linen, of jewelry (especially the beaded yoke collar), and of cosmetics and perfume; the wig was also worn.
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